Posted in History 4

The Great Train Robbery

On Today’s date, August 8th, 54 years ago, there was Great Train Robbery.  What made it “Great” was the amount of money stolen, 49.1 million pounds (over $100 million) in today’s money.

1963, the great train robbery happened in Buckinghamshire, England.  The train was called Royal Mail.  Thieves took £2.6 million (3,389,640.48 in US dollars) from the train.  Police caught the fifteen thieves, but 14 escaped from prison at the same time.  Every single one of them got away except Bruce Reynolds!!!  Bruce Reynolds was a different from the rest, he didn’t even try to escape prison then caught and was released 25 years later.  He wrote three books and performed with a band called Alabama 3.  All were motivated by the desire for more money (pure selfish financial gain) and for idea the money could buy them enjoyment.   The thieves were in a gang led by Bruce Reynolds, other gang members were; Gordon Goody, Buster Edwards, Charlie Wilson, Roy James, John Daly, Jimmy White, Ronnie Biggs, Tommy Wisbey, Jim Hussey, Bob Welch and Roger Cordrey.   Charlie Wilson was killed by a hitman on bicycle in 1990.

 Sources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Train_Robbery_(1963)

http://www.btp.police.uk/about_us/our_history/crime_history/the_great_train_robbery,_1963.aspx

http://www.btp.police.uk/about_us/our_history/crime_history/the_great_train_robbery,_1963.aspx

http://www.waspsnest.com/2011/06/14/the-great-train-robbery-at-2-6-million-was-peanuts-compared-with-the-great-plane-robbery-at-6-6-billion

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Great_Train_Robbery_(novel)

 

Advertisements

Author:

Hi, my name is Ella. I love llamas and cats. My favorite colors are pink and blue.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s